SVMC Earns "A" for Patient Safety

May 25, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—May 25, 2016— Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) received an “A” ranking for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog which operates in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The hospital safety scores assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and aim to provide a complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system.

“Every one of Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s 1,200 employees is tasked with patient safety,” said SVHC’s President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE. “It is this team effort and the willingness to identify and resolve sources of concern that makes our hospital among the safest in America.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. Consumer-friendly tips for patients are available at

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About SVHC

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the SVHC Foundation; the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit